Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is a common refractive error. A normally shaped eye is round and smooth like a marble. Hyperopia occurs when there is a curvature bend of the cornea, which causes light to focus directly on the retina. This makes it difficult to see objects that are closeup. Fortunately, Dr. Beth Frankel can treat this condition.
What Are the Risk Factors For Hyperopia?
Hyperopia is present at birth, and it tends to run in families. If one of your parents has hyperopia, you have a 25 percent chance of getting it. If both parents have hyperopia, your chance increases to 50 percent.
What Are the Symptoms Of Hyperopia?
As mentioned above, hyperopia makes it difficult to see closeup objects. The symptoms include:
- Nearby objects appear blurry
- Needing to squint to see nearby objects clearly
- Burning of the eyes
- Aching of the eyes
- Headaches after performing closeup work such as reading, writing, and working on the computer.
- Eye strain
How Is Hyperopia Diagnosed?
Hyperopia can be diagnosed during an annual eye exam. Your optometrist can perform a refraction to determine the severity of your condition and also to determine your prescription.
How Is Hyperopia Treated?
There are a few treatment options available for hyperopia. The best treatment for you would depend on your lifestyle and the severity of your condition. They include:
- Eyeglasses: Eyeglasses are the most common treatment for hyperopia. Your eye doctor can prescribe a pair of lenses using your prescription and fit them in an eyeglass frame that looks great.
- Contact lenses: Contacts lenses are a common alternative to eyeglasses. Many people prefer contacts because they provide a more natural appearance. If you choose contacts, you won't need to worry about your vision being obstructed by an eyeglass frame or dirty lenses. Finally, if you are an athlete or an active person, contacts are safer and more convenient than glasses. If you choose contacts, you should have a backup pair of eyeglasses.
- Lasik surgery: Lasik surgery is a laser surgical procedure that gently reshapes your cornea. After getting Lasik, you won't need to rely on glasses or contacts. To be a good candidate, your eyes need to be healthy. You must also be in good physical health and your prescription must be within the perimeters approve by the FDA.
- Ortho-K: Ortho-K, also known as orthokeratology, are special contact lenses. They are at night. While you are sleeping, they gently reshape your cornea. When you wake up in the morning, you will be able to see clearly without needing glasses or contacts.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of hyperopia, schedule an appointment with Dr. Beth Frankel in Scottsdale. She can perform an eye exam, and prescribe the treatment option you choose.
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